New California Laws effective January 01, 2019 for Bicycles
AB 1755 — Bicycle Hit-and-Run on Bike Paths
Hit-and-run laws will be expanded to include bicyclists on bike paths. That means, if a bicyclist hits a person, resulting in a death or injury, the bicyclist must stay at the scene. The bicyclist can be held accountable, CHP said.
AB 3077 — Bicycle Helmets
Anyone younger than 18 not wearing a helmet on a bicycle, scooter, skateboard or skates will be issued a “fix-it” citation. If the minor can show they took a bicycle safety course and has a helmet that meets safety standards within 120 days, the citation will be non-punishable.
AB 2989 — Helmets and Motorized Scooters
Helmets are no longer required for motorized scooter riders over 18 or older. Motorized scooters are also allowed on Class IV and Class II bike paths. It is still illegal to ride a motorized scooter on a sidewalk. The law also allows scooters to ride on roads with speed limits up to 35 mph. Motorized scooters bith electric and gas are NOT allowed on the Santa Ana River Trail.
Remember, when you ride a bicycle on a street or bike path, in the State of California, your bicycle is considered a motor vehicle. You are not a pedestrian.